From the Art School: Selected Graduate Works

Venue: Jockey Club Atrium, Hong Kong Arts Centre  
Date: 2019.09.03 - 2019.10.29

From September 3 until end of October, whenever you visit the Hong Kong Arts Centre, just walk up the staircase from lobby to 4/F and enjoy a wonderful site-specific exhibition by 3 graduates of Hong Kong Art School’s Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) programme.

All participating graduates are majored in Photography. Touching on issues that are social, regional and conceptual, their works also demonstrates the outcomes of the formal art education. Come visit the show and step into the awe-inspiring world of contemporary photography!


Exhibition Period:        3/9-29/10/2019

Venue:             Hong Kong Arts Centre Jockey Club Atrium (staircase from G/F lobby to 4/F)

Participating graduates: CHAN Kong Yi Polly, CHEUNG Yick Kan, TSUI Hok In Jason

Curated by: Edwin K. Lai, Senior Lecturer & Subject Coordinator (Photography), Hong Kong Art School

Exhibition details:

Curatorial Statement

From the Art School: Selected Graduate Works

Academic training is the general tendency of contemporary art: most artists active today ─ visual arts, performance arts, music or literature ─ have received formal education in arts, some even have obtained postgraduate degrees. In a world in which knowledge is highly esteemed, it is necessary that contemporary art develop along with the growth of art academies.

The most prominent feature of formal art education is systematic training. This must not be mistaken for spoon-feeding or imitations. Rather, students will be introduced to many diverse theories and methodologies besides their training in artistic skills and techniques, including critical thinking, formal and stylistic experimentations, inter-disciplinary strategies, art history, social studies, professional practices, and so on. English scholar Victor Burgin put forward the concept of 'heuristic' education in 1982, aiming "to provide the student with a wide range of facts, and a number of critical tools, in the interests of developing an informed capacity for independent thought."

Here we showcase three graduate projects by artists who have studied the BAFA programme jointly offered by the Hong Kong Art School and RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. All three alumni have studied photography as their major, but the themes they explore are varied, touching on issues that are social, regional and conceptual. What they have in common is the criticality of their thinking process, and the readiness of their stylistic explorations. For the purpose of showing the uncertainties in life, Polly Chan Kong Yi invites the viewers to take a gamble on what they will see; Cheung Yick Kan has a life-long interest in To Kwa Wan where he is born and grew up, in his photographs he uses the 'window' as his metaphor to talk about the past and the future of the district; finally, Jason Tsui Hok In is showing fewer and fewer uniformed workers in his sequence, and asks us to rethink the meaning of 'going to work'.

Edwin K. Lai

Senior Lecturer and Subject Coordinator (Photography)

Hong Kong Art School (a division of Hong Kong Arts Centre)



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